Big Wong King (between Canal and Bayard St)
67 Mott Street
New York, NY 10013
After buying my groceries from HK Supermarket (you can check out my grocery list here, where I can average $2.33 per dinner per head), I always grab a meal somewhere nearby before heading back home. Most recently, I went with my mom to Big Wong King just south of Canal Street. I read that their BBQ is supposed to be pretty fantastic.
We started with Pork Congee (or porridge) with Thousand Year Old Egg (aka. preserved duck egg) ($4.00). This is one of my favorite congees to get. The egg, as gross as it may sound to those who have never had it, is super tasty and adds a lot of savory flavor to the congee.
Congee here was nice and thick. Not too salty. Would be great for a rainy or sick day. Bowl was much larger than it looks because I don’t have a comparison. It was about the size of a large ramen bowl.
It was already after 8pm when we got to the restaurant, so they were out of the chicken and roast pork. We settled for a plate of roast duck ($5.50). The duck was good, but not amazing. Skin was not as crisp as it could be. Meat was flavorful, but mostly through the soy sauce that was poured over it. Soy sauce was way too salty so the pieces soaking at the bottom required large amounts of rice to wash it down. The cuts of duck were huge and very filling. My mom and I barely finished half of it. Continue reading Big Wong King: a place for a fast meal of Canto BBQ and congee
Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue
103 2nd Ave (between 6th and 7th street)
New York, NY 10003
Mighty Quinn’s has been in my neighborhood for more than a year now yet I had not gone until just recently. It wasn’t until Chrissy Teigen (my major celebrity crush) posted that she came with John (because Chrissy is my crush, I am on a first name basis with John too) that I decided I needed to go asap. The line is always really long but it moves quickly. I would definitely consider this a fast food kind of place. Food is ready made and tables are first come first serve. (Btw, I didn’t have my camera with me so have these gritty iPhone pictures.)
Nice to see fresh vegetables in the kitchen.
LAW got the Brisket Sandwich ($8.75), which seems to be the crowd favorite as seen on Yelp and first hand at the restaurant. The brisket is sliced in front of you after you order and you see the fatty juices gush out onto the cutting board. Looked very promising but ended up tasting mediocre. It lacked flavor (which is made up for by the gallons of Mighty Quinn’s BBQ sauce on all the tables) but was very tender. The bun was cold and dry, which definitely didn’t help. Sad, sad disappointment. Continue reading Mighty Quinn’s, Manhattan’s BBQ joint
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ
116 E 16th St
(between E Union Sq & Irving Pl)
New York, NY 10003
We wanted to watch the game. I wanted some ribs. The guys wanted some beer. And so off we went to Brother Jimmy’s!
Notice how I angled my camera so that the focus of the photo is the brussels sprouts. These brussels sprouts were a-m-a-z-i-n-g. They were pan fried to crispy perfection and there was a ton of them. This plate is the Combo Rib Platter ($21.75) which consists of three types of ribs, two sides, cornbread, and pickles. The three types of ribs were Northern Style (smoked and grilled with bbq sauce), Southern Style (smoked with memphis style rub), and Jimmy Style (smoked with Jimmy rub). I tend to like the saucier ribs over the dry-rubbed southern style ones because dry rub is easily made too tough. The memphis-style rub actually tasted better the next day with our Chinese meal at home. I slow roasted it in the oven a bit to warm it up and softened the meat. It tasted a little like Chinese 蒜香排骨 (garlic ribs): a little sweet, salty, crispy, and sliiightly spicy. Yum. Again, brussels sprouts were amazing. It also made me feel like I was having a healthy meal… veggies, protein, and sweet potato! Fries were good. Crisp on the outside and mushy on the inside. Corn bread was good…. but not as good as….
Continue reading Not bad, Brother Jimmy!
Big Wing Wong
102 Mott St
(between Canal St & Hester St)
New York, NY 10013
It was a sunny President’s Day and we decided to celebrate by biking into Chinatown and stocking up on some cheap groceries. We get our groceries roughly every two weeks from Hong Kong Supermarket, the biggest supermarket (I believe) in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Vegetables and meats are so, so much cheaper here than at your average American supermarket. Sometimes, you can get a whole bag of tomatoes for a dollar! You can also find much more variety of vegetables, such as bitter melon, pea shoots, and fresh prince mushrooms – makes cooking much more interesting. Since we were already in the area, we of course picked up some lunch. I decided I was in the mood for some juicy char siu. Char siu is a Chinese barbecue pork that is often eaten with rice, noodles, or even in a bun. Red food coloring is often added to give the meat its reddish exterior. It has a shiny glaze of honey on the outside that gives the meat a slightly sweet flavor.
Based on various reviews I read online, Big Wing Wong apparently has some of the best char siu in the area. The restaurant was extremely busy when we popped in. Tables were filled with various parties as you are expected to sit wherever there is an empty space. We ended up sitting at a table with three girls who worked at the restaurant. They were on their lunch break, which only ended up being not more than 15 minutes. The place is extremely fast paced. People come in and either order a whole duck to-go, or sit down and eat with their heads buried, without pausing to take a breath, down their tea, and peace out. We were clearly noobs as it took us more than 5 minutes to decide what we wanted to eat and I of course had my camera out. Continue reading Gimme some of that Chinese BBQ!!!
Korilla Food Truck spotted on 3rd Ave and 14th Street
DELICIOUS. The meat was well-marinated and was further boosted with finger-licking Korilla sauce (think Asian sweet and salty BBQ sauce). We chose to have the sticky rice which was slightly undercooked but still a good pair with the flavorful meats. The wrap was very, very good, probably one of the best parts of the whole thing. It was not too thick, was very chewy, and had a very nice smooth texture. It was the finishing piece of the puzzle and helped bring together all the flavors, wrapping them into a roll of savory bliss. Every bite had an equal portion of rice and meats and kimchi. I can’t wait to have another one.